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A Nevada graduate and former intern in the Media Services office in athletics, Katie Cavender received a promotion at the Mountain West this week.

MW Commissioner Craig Thompson announced the promotion of Cavender to Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Communications on Friday.

Now entering her seventh year with the Mountain West, Cavender will have sole managerial oversight of all aspects of the Conference website and social media outlets. She will play an integral role in the Mountain West Digital Network and continue to serve as a secondary media contact for MW football, as well as manage the league's publications.

Cavender, who was promoted to Director of New Media and Technology in July 2010, began her duties as Mountain West multimedia coordinator on August 16, 2007.  She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nevada in 2005. While pursuing her degree, the Elko, Nev., native worked as a student assistant in the Wolf Pack athletics department, primarily in the areas of sports information, publicity and promotions. Following graduation, Cavender spent a year as a public relations intern with the Pacific-10 Conference, where she served as the primary media contact for baseball, men's and women's swimming and diving, and men's and women's tennis.

Cavender came to the Mountain West from the Boise State athletics department, where she was the assistant media coordinator for the 2006 MPC Computers Bowl and provided day-to-day support in facilities, game operations and planning. In June 2008, Cavender received her Master's of Education degree in intercollegiate athletic leadership from the University of Washington.


Robinson Named MVP of Chengdu Section of USA All-Stars China Tour


China0613WomenRobinson.jpgNetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars guard and former Nevada women's basketball player Tahnee Robinson was named MVP of the Chengdu section of the NetScouts Basketball Women's China Tour yesterday. Robinson and the USA team concluded the Chengdu section undefeated at 6-0.

 In the three games in Chengdu, Robinson averaged 10.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Robinson came through with 15 points and seven rebounds in the USA's second consecutive close win over China 75-72. She made the final free throw to provide the final margin of victory.



Robinson Leads the USA Women's All Star Team to Victory Over China

Tahnee.jpgFormer University of Nevada women's basketball player Tahnee Robinson led the NetScouts Basketball USA All-Stars team with a team-high 15 points in a close 75-72 win over China yesterday. Robinson added seven rebounds and made a key free throw late to seal the win for the Americans who are 6-0 in tournament play.

The USA team has a two-game lead on the competition with China (4-2) and Australia and Hungary both 1-5.

Robinson and the team headed out on a flight to Shanghai this morning and will then bus to Changshu for the next three games which begin tonight.

For more information on the win click here.

25th Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament June 25-30

The 2013 Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament will take place June 25-30 and this year marks the 25th year of the annual tournament that is being played at Nevada's Peccole Park and at Reno High School.  This year's field is comprised of 14 teams and games start each day at 10 a.m.

Several tournament participants throughout the years have gone on to play for the Wolf Pack.  Heading the list are three players that earned All-America honors for the Pack and went on to play Major League Baseball.

Lyle Overbay, a current member of the New York Yankees, played in the 1996 tournament and earned All-America honors at Nevada in 1999.  Overbay hit .358 with 39 home runs during his four-year career with the Wolf Pack.

Outfielder Chris Dickerson earned Freshman All-America honors playing at Nevada in 2001 after playing in the 2000 tournament.  Dickerson is currently playing for the Baltimore Orioles and batted .286 in three seasons for the Pack.

Catcher Brett Hayes was a 2003 Freshman All-America at Nevada and played in the 2002 Josh Anderson Memorial Tournament.  Hayes saw time with the Miami Marlins and is currently playing Triple-A for the Omaha Storm Chasers an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.  His career average at Nevada was .339 with 22 home runs.

Most recently pitcher Braden Shipley was discovered by the Wolf Pack coaching staff in the 2010 tournament and played three seasons at Nevada.  Shipley was selected in the first round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks and recently signed with the club.  In three years at Nevada he was 17-7 with a 2.79 ERA and 203 strikeouts.

Another Pack football game to be televised

RENO, Nev. - An 11th Nevada football game has been added to the television schedule as the Wolf Pack's Mountain West opener on Sept. 21 will be broadcast by Time Warner Oceanic, the Mountain West announced.

Kickoff for the game has been set for 5:05 p.m. at Mackay Stadium.

The game will be carried on a pay-per-view basis by Time Warner Oceanic in Hawaii and the coverage will be made available on the new Mountain West Digital Network. Carriage by additional networks is possible and more information will be forthcoming.

The only game on Nevada's 12-game slate not currently scheduled for television broadcast at this point is the home opener on Sept. 7 against UC Davis.

Click here for Nevada's 2013 schedule, including kickoff times (if known) and television info.


Former Nevada golfer Louise Yi is advancing through the United States Women's Public Links Championships so far this week. The prestigious tournament is being played at the Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club in Norman, Okla.

In the round of 64 this morning, Yi faced off against Abby Newton of Katy, Texas. Yi, seeded 45th, beat the 20th seed 6 and 4 to advance to Thursday morning's round of 32 matchup against 52nd seed Krystal Quihuis.

Earlier this week, Yi shot rounds of 72-79 in the stroke play portion of the event to make the cut and move on to match play. A field of 156 players started the event and the top 64 advanced to match play, with Yi tying for 45th in the stroke play.

Follow along on the USGA Website.

Tahnee Robinson Heads to China With the USA Women's All-Star Team

Former University of Nevada women's basketball player Tahnee Robinson will join the USA All-Star Women's team in Beijing this week to compete in the Four Nations tournament.

The Four Nations tournament features the Chinese National "B" team, the Australia Rising Opals and the National team of Hungary in addition to the USA. The team, organized and coached by NetScoutsBasketball, will play a round-robin format in three cities for a total of nine games. The team will play six games in Jiangxi Province then play three games in Changshu, in Jiangsu Province. From there the team will head to Beijing to play two games against the China U19 National team. The team will return to the United States on July 1st.

Robinson was among the nation's scoring leaders with 22.1 ppg at Nevada in her senior year. She was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2011 WNBA Draft, becoming just the second Native American to play at that level. The guard averaged 16.5 ppg in Bulgaria this season.

For more information on the USA All-Star Women's team and Four Nations tournament click here.



Czyz Helps Italian Squad To Finals

Former University of Nevada men's basketball player Olek Czyz has helped Acea Virtus Roma of the Italian Basketball League reach the finals of the Italy-Serie A.  Acea Virtus Roma will play Montepaschi in the finals which gets underway today.

Playing in 44 games Czyz is averaging 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.  From the field he is shooting 52 percent and 54 percent from behind the three-point arc. 

Czyz earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2012 and helped the Wolf Pack to the conference title.

Shipley To Throw Out First Pitch Monday

University of Nevada pitcher Braden Shipley will throw out the first pitch on Monday night at Aces Ballpark in downtown Reno.   Shipley was selected as the overall 15th pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2013 MLB Draft last week.  The Reno Aces are the triple-A affiliate of the Diamondbacks.  The first pitch will take place at approximately 6:40 p.m. before the Aces play the Sacramento River Cats.

Shipley is the highest drafted player in the history of Nevada athletics.  A pair of Wolf Pack basketball players Kirk Snyder (2005) and Luke Babbitt (2011) were picked 16th in the first round.  Snyder was selected by the Utah Jazz and Babbitt the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Shipley earned Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a sophomore after going 9-4 with a conference low 2.20 ERA.  After the Pack switched conferences to the Mountain West he was named the co-MW Pitcher of the Year.  In his junior season he was 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA had 102 strikeouts in 107.1 innings on the mound.  The 102 strikeouts is the seventh best season in school history.

Swimmers Honored in Post-Season Publication

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Nikki Longland and Erin Fuss were honored in the 2012-13 College Swimming and Diving Honors, a publication that recognizes the best in collegiate swim and dive in a host of categories.

Longland was listed as one of the best walk-on athletes in the country, while Fuss was named in the special honors section of the annual publication. Longland, a junior and native of Sparks, Nevada, will return to the Pack for her senior season in 2013-14. Fuss has only competed in one full season for Nevada and will be a sophomore next year.

Longland dropped an astonishing 42 seconds off her 400 IM time this season, posting a personal best of 4:22.71 at the Mountain West Championships. A versatile swimmer, she also dropped more than seven seconds off her 200-yard breaststroke time at the season-ending event, swimming a 2:18.39 in San Antonio. Fuss lowered her personal best in three events in her freshman season, making the biggest improvement in the 200 IM. She went from 2:18.17 to 2:07.62.

The complete publication can be found at http://issuu.com/navyswim/docs/profiles_in_excellence_05_june_4_20?e=2150828/2983055

Pack Rich MLB Draft History

Shipley_Braden (1).jpgUniversity of Nevada baseball has a long and rich history of players being selected in the Major League Baseball draft but Thursday's 2013 draft should produce a first.  Junior pitcher Braden Shipley is projected to be not only be a first-round selection, but a top-10 overall pick.  Shipley has a career record of 17-7 with 203 strikeouts in 216 innings pitched and a 2.79 ERA in his three seasons at Nevada.

Shipley earned Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year honors as a sophomore after going 9-4 with a conference low 2.20 ERA.  After the Pack switched conferences to the Mountain West he was named the co-MW Pitcher of the Year.  In his junior season he was 7-3 with a 2.77 ERA had 102 strikeouts in 107.1 innings on the mound.  The 102 strikeouts is the seventh best season in school history.

Somewhat ironic, Shipley spent his freshman season as the Pack's starting shortstop making just five appearances on the mound. He earned second-team All-WAC honors after batting .287 with seven doubles and 19 RBI.  After becoming the Pack's ace his sophomore season he has progressed into a first-round MLB selection.

Shipley joins Mountain West players DJ Peterson from New Mexico and Aaron Judge from Fresno State as projected first round selections.  Click on this link to watch the MW preview of these three potential first round selections.

Five Wolf Pack players were selected in the second run but none in round one.  Pitcher Darrell Rasner was the highest selection going 46th overall to the then Montreal Expos in 2002.  Outfielder and current ESPN analyst Chris Singleton was taken by the San Francisco Giants with pick number 48 in 1993.  Rob Richie, the first ever Nevada player selected in the second round,  was chosen by the Detroit Tigers with the 53rd pick in 1987.

Pitcher Chad Qualls, a current member of the Miami Marlins, was the 67th pick in 2000 by the Houston Astros.  Qualls pitched in the World Series for the Astros in 2005.  Catcher Brett Hayes was the Pack's most recent second-round selection going to the Florida Marlins with 79th pick in 2005.  Hayes is currently playing for the triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals in Omaha, Neb.

In the history of Nevada baseball, 18 players have played in Major League Baseball: Ed Plank Rob Richie, Shawn Barton, Singleton, Corky Miller, Lyle Overbay, Andy Dominque, Qualls, Ryan Church, Chris Prieto, Rasner, Joe Inglett, Kevin Kouzmanoff, Eddie Bonine, Chris Dickerson, Hayes, Chris Gimenez and Konrad Schmidt.  Overbay, Qualls and Dickerson are currently on MLB rosters.





Hall of Famer John Polish Passes Away

Today, the 10 members of the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame committee plan to meet to start selecting the next class of talented former student-athletes and coaches who will join that prestigious group this fall.

But as we prepare for that meeting, we learned this morning that a member of that prestigious Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame, John Polish, passed away on Monday at the age of 95.

John Polish was truly a legendary athlete in the state of Nevada, not just for his accomplishments as a football and track athlete at the University of Nevada from 1938-42. His exploits in high school were well-known and his lasting impact is still felt today as the top athlete at Yerington High School receives the John Polish Award. Below is a photo of Polish in action, carrying the ball in a 1940 game against BYU.

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Polish was a member of the second class inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame in 1974. The press release at the time said this about him:

"Considered one of Nevada's top all-time high school athletes, John Polish entered the University of Nevada in the late 30s to star in football and track. Raised in Yerington, Nevada, Polish was a sensation at his high school. He was a super-gridder, good basketball player and did everything in track -- sprints, hurdles, weights, jumps. Although hampered at Nevada by injuries, Polish led the Wolf Pack in competition in the late 1930s. He was a hard-running halfback in football and a superb punter. In track, Polish won Far Western Conference titles in weights, jumps and hurdles."

After his college career was over, Polish went on to a career of public service, spending over 30 years as a teacher, principal and superintendent. He also served in the Nevada State Legislature. He continued to attend the yearly Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner when he could.

Dan Hinxman of the Reno Gazette-Journal wrote a great story on Polish in today's paper. Our condolences go out to Polish's friends and family.

Pack Involved In Suits N Sneakers Golf And Gala

Nevada head men's basketball coach David Carter, his staff and the Wolf Pack players will once again be involved in the Suits N Sneakers golf and gala ball event on Friday and Saturday.  The event is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. 

Coach Carter and assistant coach Keith Brown will play in Friday's golf event at ArrowCreek Country Club.  The entire coaching staff and players will attend the gala ball at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa on Saturday evening.  Those attending the black-tie event will wear sneakers.

For information on on the event contact Patti Davidson at 775-828-2204 or patti.davidson@cancer.org.




Nevada 4x100 Relay Team Ch. 2 Story

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KTVN's Neda Iranpour dropped by Mackay Stadium recently to check out the Wolf Pack 4x100 relay team. The team is gearing up for a trip to Eugene later this week to compete at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene. Iranpour stopped by practice to speak with head coach Shantel Twiggs and members of the team for a piece that aired several times on Ch. 2.

Check out the segment here.

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